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Dec 6, 2016

Staffordshire Under 14 Girls entertained Cheshire U14 Girls in the ESFA Inter County Playstation Trophy at Stafford Town FC last night in what proved to be a thoroughly entertaining affair but a game not for the faint hearted.

Manager David Ebberson was without several key squad members but did have two new coaches on the bench, Bethan Wooley and Claire Smith who will be made more than welcome as the County Schools FA seeks diversification and good female role models for our young girl players.

Staffordshire started really well playing a high tempo game and some brilliant through balls from midfield players created several good chances which were either spurned or brought the best out of an excellent Cheshire keeper. Cheshire were unable to break the shackles and Staffordshire girls were rampant and eventually a cool finish from Dolcie Simms gave Staffordshire the lead. Despite several other good chances following some excellent creative play the half time whistle blew with Staffordshire girls going in a goal to the good.

The second half was almost a mirror image of the first but this time it was Cheshire who were in the ascendancy. Staffordshire found themselves under the cosh for long periods of the game and only resolute defending from Lily Simkins, Hannah Akers and skipper Gemma Lawley supported by the Anderson twins kept Cheshire at bay. The defence was breached when a clearance was returned with interest by a Cheshire player and the ball floated into an empty net.

An adjustment of personnel by the coaches and a change in system allowed Staffordshire to regain a litle control but Cheshire looked the more likely to win the tie as it headed towards extra time. Phoebe Marston was freed by a delicious pass and scampered clear only to drag her shot wide of the far post and it seemed that the game would end in stalemate until an incisive pass which sliced through the Cheshire defence like a hot knife through butter sent Phoebe  Marston racing clear and her lightning pace left a trail of despairing defenders as she cooly slotted the ball home to give Staffordshire the advantage deep into the game.

Back came Cheshire and a brilliant last ditch tackle from Chenoa Rainer ensured that Staffordshire's name went into the hat for the quarter final draw.

Dec 5, 2016

The grls and boys of Staffordshire Schools FA continue to do well in International trials and this year has been no different from the past few years. Last season Joe Hartshorne from SUA represented England U18's in the Centenary Shield and Megan Hunt from Haywood Academy played for the Under 15 Girls against the Republic of Ireland and in the Bob Doherty Trophy.

Both players have made the final 32 again this year and they will be joined by two Wolgarston pupils, Gemme Lawley, the Under 14 captain and goalkeeper Aiden Stone from the Under 18 boys squad.

Gemma and Megan will be striving for a place in the International squad at the final trial which takes place at Stafford Town FC on Sunday the 11th of December at 2-00pm. Both girls are in the excellence programme for girls, Gemma at West Brom and Megan at Stoke City who have coached Anna King, Millie Elson, Hollie Gibson and Hannah Hampton as past Under 15 Girls Internationals from Staffordshire schools.

Joe and Aiden are both currently playing open age football and will spend a weekend at Lilleshall in January where they will hope to impress the selectors and Under 18 team management.

All four players will go with the best wishes of all of the staff and players from Staffordshire Schools Football Association.

Dec 4, 2016

As the FA continue to squeeze rhe ESFA budget and reduce the funding for playing football, whilst increasing it for administrators and Football Development (still not sure what that means) Counties and Districts will have to find ways of generating their own income to ensure that the programme offered to County players is worthwhile in terms of activity and sustainable.

Sponsorship is one way and Trystan Blight is sponsoring a new kit for the U16 boys. That will save money next season and that money will be spent on the provision of games for boys and girls. Each game at home costs almost £300 to stage and with six teams it does not take a rocket scientist to work out that the Association needs in excess of £6000 per year to run the County programme. Parents are fantastic supporters and the help that they give to Staffordshire in transporting the pupils to away games and paying admission th home games is greatly appreciated.The funding from the competitions department at ESFA helps greatly with their national competition games and as an Association we are gratefulfor their support.

People do not realise how much it costs to run teams and a for instance is that last years bill for washing and cleaning kit ran to over £500. We as an Association will never charge boys or girls match fees to play for their County, wethink that it is something valuable in terms of their personal and football development. We are well aware of the match fees that some pay in club football and unlike other county associations we will continue to supply the players with playing kit and not ask them to purchase it.

Several ideas have been mooted to help generate income and the first two are set out below.

We are in possession of a Nike Football and an ESFA shirt which has been autographed by the England football team befoere their departure for the Euros, the only name missing being Rooney who was injured at the training session they were signed. Bids will be accepted for the two items and these can be nade through the website.

The second method is County merchandise and these could be ideal Christmas presents. Details below and again orders through the website;

Dec 4, 2016

The weather claimed the Under 16 Boys Warwickshire fixture at Brocton. The game would have been a useful exercise for the boys who will meet the same opposition in the last 16 of the ESFA Inter County trophy. The boys are next in action at Stafford Town FC on the 19th of December against Worcestershire Schools FA in an MCF fixture..

The Under 14 Girls take on Cheshire on Monday the 5th of December at Staffford Town in the second round of the ESFA Play Station Inter County Cup competition. They will be hopeful of making progress to the last 16 of the competition. The game kicks off at 7-00pm and admission is £3 adults and £1 concessions. The girls will welcome support in their quest to make progress.

The Under 16 girls went down by 5-3 at home to Worcestershire despite racing intoa 3-0 lead in the first twenty minutes. Worcestershire deserve credit for their victory as many teams would have folded in such circumstances. Staffordshire will be looking for a reversal of fortunes when the return fixture is played in February.

The Under 18 boys travelled to Nunnery Wood in Worcester with key players absent but came home witha resounding victory in the 2nd Round ESFA Inter County Trophy. A goal down after 12 minutes Stafffordshire led 2-1 at half time before a strong second half performance saw them score three unanswered goals in the second half to record a 5-1 victory and progress to the last 8 of the competition. Tom Edge with two goals was the driving force and goals from Will Byres, Owen Bradbury and Joe Hartshorne showed Staffordshire have the abiility to score goals from all areas.

The Under 18's are next in action at Stafford Town FC against West Midlands SFA in an MCF fixture on the 12th of December KO 7-00pm. The squad for the game will be published later.

Nov 30, 2016

The Under 14 Girls take on Cheshire in the ESFA Inter County Play Station Cup on Monday the 5th of December at Stafford Town FC. The game will KO at 7-00pm and admission will be £3 adults and £1 concessions.

The coaches have selected the following girls for the game and all girls are asked to report at 6-00pm and usual dress code applies. County ties will be available for sale.

Chloe Swindell

Niamh Harding

Hannah Akers

Lily Simpkin

Gemma Lawley

Isobel Anderson

Lily Anderson

Katie Johnson

Megan Hunt

Freya Gregory

Lydia Hudson

Dolcie Sims

Jenny Higgs

Phoebe Marston

Caitlin Marston

Hannah Fishwick

The girls will be keen to put right the defeat suffered against Worcestershire where they totally dominated the game for long periods without being able to apply a finishing touch to numerous chances created. A goal down inside a minute Staffordshire dominated the game but were unable to find the net with Freya Gregory causing mayhem down the left flank with piercing runs reminiscent of Jimmy Johnson in his pomp. (Readers will need to be of an age to understand the anology)

Staffordshire conceded two further goals which in essence could have been avoided and staring down the barrel of an undeserved 3-0 defeat Staffordshire scored twice in the last few minutes to make the scoreline more respectable but the girls will be smarting that they did not get a result.

The game was an excellent advert for schoolgirl football with two very good sides playing high quality football at a great tempo and demonstrating to a good crowd the skills and attitudes that we in Staffordshire are so very proud that our girls are able to demonstrate..

Nov 27, 2016

The Under 14 Boys were knocked out of the Inter County cup on Friday night, suffering a 5-0 reverse at the hands of a very strong Greater Manchester side. Staffordshire started quite well despite having had difficult travelling conditions and looke reasonably comfortable but needlessly conceded an own goal when  communications became cross wired. A superb strike minutes later found Staffordshire two down and a third goal just before half time gave them a mountain to climb.

The boys deserved great credit for the way that they played in the second half and a well stuck free kick cannoned off the cross bar and a penalty shout could have seen Manchester given some questions to answer. As Staffordshire tired Manchester scored another two unanswered goals to progress but Staffordshire coaches believe that the side have great potential but their lack of physical strebgth is costing then dear at this moment in time.

On Monday the Under 18 Boys travel to Worcestershire to play in the first round of the Under 18 ESFA Inter County trophy. The match is being played at Nubbery Wood School in Worcester. On the same night the Under 14 and Under 16 girls will entertain Worcestershire in MCF games at Stafford Town FC The two games are being played back to back with the Under 14 girls kicking off at 6-30pm and the Under 16 girls around 7-45..Admission is £3 for adults and £1 concessions.

On Wednesday the Under 16 boys take centre stage with a home MCF fixture against Warwickshire SFA at Brocton FC with a 7-00pm KO. Again admission will be £3 for adults and £1 concessions. Brocton FC can be found using the following directions.

Ground: Silkmore Lane Sports Ground, Silkmore Lane , Stafford , Staffordshire , ST17 4JH

Directions: From M6 J13 take A449 towards Stafford for 1.5 miles until reaching traffic lights by Esso petrol station. Turn right at lights into Rickescote Road, follow road round over railway bridge to mini island, at island bear left into Silkmore Lane. At next mini island take 4th exit for entrance to ground. From Lichfield/Rugeley. After passing Staffs Police HQ at Baswick go downhill past BMW garage and pub to large island, take 1st exit into Silkmore Lane, at next mini island take 2nd exit into ground entrance. Do not turn into Lancaster Road or Silkmore Crescent as directed by Sat Navs.

 

Sep 23, 2016

Manager David Ebbersson  has named the girls below to be invited to be part of the Stafffordshire SFA Under 14 girls squad for the forthcoming season. The girls who have been unsuccesful but who have been involved in the trial process will be invited to  number of coaching/traing events once a venue has ben secured.

The standard of player improves year on year and David will be writing to those who have missed out on selection and offering some feedback on where the girls can hopefully improve.

Please contact the website with acceptance of the invitation and incluse DOB and a mobile contact number.

Akers Hannah

De Ferrers Academy

Anderson Isobel

Cardinal Griffin

Anderson Lilly

Cardinal Griffin

Fishwick Hannah

 

Friary

Lawley Gemma

Wolgarston

Gregory Freya

Friary

Higgs Jennifer

Sir Graham Balfour

Hunt Megan

Haywood Academy

Isherwood Macy

Chesterton

Johnson Katie

Perton

Huson Lydia

 

Friary

 

Rainer Chenoa

Kingsmead

Simkin Lily

Cheslyn Hay

Sims Dolcie

The Hart School

Swindell Chloe

Wolstanton

Cox Aaliyah

Great Wyrley

Harding Niamh

Madeley

Standby

Copeland Lucy

De Ferrers

Marston Katelyn

Christchurch

Marston Phoebe

Christchurch

Parry Isobel

Endon

Sep 16, 2016

Managers Dan Dawson and Gary Spruce have named rhe boys below as members of the Under 14 Boys squad for the forthcoming season. Congratulations to all the boys selected and commiserations to those who have not made the cut this year.

The match co-ordinator Mark Warren will be in touch with match arrangements fixtures etc in due course.

Fowajuh Anye BWH
McIntosh Ruben King Edward VI Stafford
Taylor Jack Chase Terrace
Nicholls Tom Cheadle Academy
Tibbs Eliott Cheslyn Hay
Robinson Jack EDA
Makakoew Pasha Friary
Murray Aj Friary
Martin Reece John Taylor HS
Pearsall Charlie John Taylor HS
Yeomans Lucas John Taylor HS
Yarwood George Landau Forte Amington
Watchorn RiceOliver Painsley
Carter Callum Penkridge Middle
Bates Sonny St Peters
Barrett Sam Trentham HS
Nixon Tom Trentham HS
Douglas Bonna Wilnecote
George Connor Wilnecote
Braxton Lloyd Aidan

Wolstanton

All parents need to contact the website to accept the invitation and provide a mobile number please.

Sep 16, 2016

The girls named below have been selected to represent Staffordshire Schools FA for the forthcoming season.

Can all parents check that the school is correct and send confirmation to the website and include a mobile phone number and date of birth.. The match co-ordiator s Julie and Tim will be in contact in due course.

 

Tiffany Whelan Cannock Chase HS
Grace Tolmie Chase Terrace HS
Courtney Ward Trentham HS
Beth Roberts Wolstanton HS
Molly Bruton Kingsmead
Jenny Hesketh Westwood
Megan Plant Blythe Bridge
Lydia Burgess Clayton Academy
Tasia Brough Painsley
Chloe Williams Cannock Chase HS
Demi McCalliog Codsall
Nuala Miszkiel St Thomas More
Charlie Braganca Excel Academy
Naomi McCallion Robert Sutton
Hannah Hampton EDA
Sophie Corden Clayton Academy
Sophie Howe Alleynes Uttoxeter
Abbi Sanders Painsley
Sep 14, 2016

The boys named below are invited to be part of the Staffordshire schools'FootballAssociation squad for season 2016-17.

Congratulations to the boys selected and commiserations to those who have missed out this time. The selection process was extremely difficult as there were so many boys who were talented and the margins were so fine. All parents of the succcessful boys will be contacted by the match co-ordinator with details regarding games and expectations etc. The first confirmed fixture is the annual match against Repton School on Saturday the 8th of October when they will play the schools' Under 16 XI.

Aug 11, 2015

@staffsschoolsfa will allow all to follow what is going on and will supplement the information available on the website.

Follow the account which is being run by Under 15 team Manager Bailey Evans.